DECATUR – Michael L. Diggs, a 52-year-old Decatur man with an extensive criminal history, is being held in jail on $75,000 bond, after he allegedly threatened a woman with a knife in order to hold her against her will.

Police were sent to a house on the 2300 block of East Olive Street at about 11:25 p.m. Tuesday, March 28, on the report of a domestic violence incident.

When they arrived, a witness who was outside told officers that when he exited the house, the victim tried to leave at the same time, which made Diggs angry.

“Michael retrieved a large kitchen knife from the kitchen, aggressively pointed it at (the victim) and told her 'you ain't going nowhere,' ” the witness told police, according to an affidavit by an officer.

When officers knocked on the door, they heard a woman inside crying out, “help me,” the affidavit said.

“I observed through windows (the victim) attempt to leave but Michael would step in front of the door preventing her from doing so,” the officer wrote in his statement.

About 20 minutes later the victim exited the house through a side door. Diggs left the residence about 25 minutes after her exit. He was arrested and booked into the jail.

The victim said Diggs refused to let her leave the house for about one hour before police arrived. She said he struck her in the face several times with a closed fist and slammed the door on her hand.

Diggs admitted detaining the woman against her will, as well as “possibly slapping” her and shoving her. He denied threatening her with a knife, the affidavit said.

Police found a large kitchen knife which matched the description of the knife the witness had described to them.

Diggs was arraigned Monday on five felony counts: aggravated unlawful restraint, unlawful restraint and three counts of domestic battery with three domestic battery convictions. He is due in court April 19 for his preliminary hearing.

He has 25 criminal convictions since 1986, including eight felony convictions. Diggs has served five terms in the Illinois Department of Corrections and 16 jail terms.

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